Rory sits down with Lila Fadista and João Caçador, collectively known as ‘Fado Bicha’. They ar competing in Festival da Canção with their track “Povo Pequenino.” This song is upbeat and is a perfect blend with fado and more modern production. However, the lyrics hold a darker theme of self-reflection in Portuguese history, colonialism and the subjugation of nations. Lila and João talk about their songwriting process, what makes Festival da Canção so exciting, and what’s next for Fado Bicha after the competition.
Festival da Canção consists of two semi-finals on March 5 and 7, and a final on March 12. The winner will be decided by a jury and televote. The winning song will then go on to represent Portugal in Italy in May.
About Fado Bicha
Fado Bicha is a queer musical duo formed in Lisbon in 2017. Fado Bicha was one of the 16 songwriters invited by RTP to compete in Festival da Canção. Together, the duo tackle LGBTQ+ themes through the medium of fado, Portugal’s traditional music, in order to subvert the tradition of the genre.
Portugal’s Eurovision Journey
Portugal debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest with António Calvário’s “Oração” in 1964. Since then, Portugal has participated in the competition 52 times – appearing the final 43 times. Their only win in the competition came in 2017 with Salvador Sobral, performing his heart-wrenching song “Amar Pelos Dois”.
Portugal’s most recent participation was with The Black Mamba with the song “Love Is On My Side” – the first song Portugal sent in the English language. The Black Mamba managed to qualify for the Grand Final finishing 12th, after receiving 153 points from the jury and the televote.
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